Horse Racing

Preakness Stakes contenders and expert picks: Our analysis of the full field

The Preakness Stakes will take place tonight (for fans in the UK and Europe). This enormous Grade One event is set to be held at Pimlico Racecourse. And as many of you will know, the Preakness Stakes is the second leg of the prestigious Triple Crown. Therefore, there is no shortage of hype surrounding this upcoming race. It is sure to be a thriller if you can stay up until midnight (UK time) to tune in. 

2023 Preakness Stakes

Yet as thrilling as it will be to watch, it can be even more exciting should you have a wager or two on the event. Of course, that’s going to be the primary focus right here. So if you are eager to take a punt on the 2023 Preakness Stakes, I’ve got some interesting information to share with you today. I’ve broken down the confirmed lineup and identified a couple of key wagers you could make for this event.

It’s all covered below, so let’s get the ball rolling right now.

2023 Preakness Stakes Race Overview

Before identifying the wagers you could make for the Preakness Stakes, it helps to know a bit about the event as a whole. After all, this does play a part concerning the best wagers to make. So let me give you the scoop before we look at the lineup and ultimate predictions. Starting with the contenders – the Preakness Stakes is open to thoroughbred horses only, and they must be three years old. 

There are seven confirmed horses in the lineup for the 2023 Preakness Stakes, although there were eight original entrants. And in order to win the race, these horses must cover 1.9km of dirt track while ultimately crossing the line in first place. This is by no means an easy task, and because the race is relatively short, getting a fast start is critical in the Preakness Stakes. 

Interestingly, there is just one horse competing in the Preakness Stakes who was also involved in the Kentucky Derby just a couple of weeks back. That horse is Mage, and since he won the Kentucky Derby, he is the favourite to win the 2023 Preakness Stakes.

Preakness Stakes 2023 Lineup

As mentioned above, there are seven confirmed runners for the Preakness Stakes tonight. To give you the full breakdown, I’ve listed all seven horses along with their respective post positions here:

  • Post 1 – National Treasure
  • Post 2 – Chase The Chaos
  • Post 3 – Mage
  • Post 4 – Coffeewithchris
  • Post 5 – Red Route One
  • Post 6 – Perform
  • Post 7 – Blazing Sevens

Although Mage is the only horse to have competed in the Triple Crown so far, this is still a strong lineup. Of course, because Mage won the Kentucky Derby, he is the favourite to win, as reflected in the odds too. However, he faces stiff competition from the likes of National Treasure, Blazing Sevens, and Perform. 

These four horses have far shorter odds than the other three, and I believe these four will be involved in a tight chase to the finish.

Preakness Stakes Predictions With Odds

At the end of the day, the objective here is to pick a couple of markets where you could get a return on your wager. On that note, I’ve got two heavily researched picks for you to consider for the 2023 Preakness Stakes. Please see the picks right here along with the main justifications:

Mage to Win – 4/5 Odds

There are many reasons that justify the choice of Mage to win the 2023 Preakness Stakes. As mentioned previously, he won the Kentucky Derby just two weeks back. So he is obviously in fine form, but this alone doesn’t automatically lead the choice towards Mage to win tonight. The main reason to shoot for Mage comes down to the style in which he won the Kentucky Derby. He posted the quickest half-mile time ever at the Kentucky Derby, so the strength and power of this horse is something special.

Of course, these are the ingredients needed to go out there and win the Preakness Stakes. Furthermore, these are not bad odds when you consider how likely it is that Mage will win. So when you combine these elements together, I feel this is the best pick for the race winner.

Blazing Sevens to Place – 7/1 Odds

There can only be one winner in the Preakness Stakes tonight, as with all horse races. Therefore, we can’t go with a different horse to win the race, as this would cancel out the initial prediction above. So instead, I believe it’s a good call to go for a ‘place bet’. To clarify, this means the horse must finish inside the top two or three, depending on the bookmaker you bet with. But why Blazing Sevens over the others?

Well, because of the four G1 events this horse has been involved in, he has achieved a top-three finish in all but one of them. This includes a win at Aqueduct in October 2022. And due to the random 8th place finish this horse had at Gulfstream Park in March, the odds are now very enticing.

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